The Shelter Island Fund (“SIF”) is a non-profit organization that works with municipalities, families, fiduciaries and others to preserve most if not all of large tracts of land through limited development. SIF ensures the preservation goals of its clients by preserving at least 50%, and usually more, of a site permanently as open space and conveying it to the municipality in which the land is located, a local or regional land fund, or a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of conservation land.
Who We Work With?
SIF consults to and works with:
– individuals (i.e. Atty. Martin Chitwood), families, fiduciaries, banks, and other private and public institutions that hold large parcels of land and wish to protect as much of the holding as possible;
– private lending, fiduciary and other institutions
– professional organizations (law firms, engineering firms and environmental protection services); and
– municipalities and their subdivisions, in anticipation of the exercise of a statutory right of first refusal or once the right has been exercised.
SIF adopts and promotes the preservation goals of the person or institution to whom it is providing assistance, provided that at least 50% of the site is preserved permanently as open space and conveyed to the municipality in which the land is located or to a local or regional land fund or non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of conservation land.
Who We Have Worked With
SIF and its staff have worked in more than twenty cities and towns throughout Massachusetts, including Winchester, Fitchburg, Rockport, Blandford, Ashland, Westminster, Wilbraham, Medway, Sherborn, Haverhill, Holliston, Sudbury, Carlisle, Holden, Hubbardston and Petersham. They have consulted to many land trusts, open space committees, conservation commissions and other public and private groups committed to preventing urban sprawl and protecting open space.